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Song Circle

Friday, October 26, 2018 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm


Coming soon to Arts on the Lake

A night of intimate listening with professional songwriters. This year's Circle features: Jon Cobert, Vaneese Thomas, Kati Mac, and Monte Delaney.



Jon Cobert has recorded and played with John Lennon, Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne, Dion, Tom Chapin, Harry Chapin, Regis and Joy Philbin, Loudon Wainwright III, Dionne Warwick, B.J. Thomas, Steve Tyrell, John Denver, Judy Collins, Vanessa Williams, The Chapin Sisters, Chubby Checker, Leslie Uggams, Klaus Nomi, Al Green, Black Ivory...(the list is very long!).

In addition to touring and recording, he has written music for both TV and radio including the ESPN Baseball Tonight theme, the ESPN College Football Game Day theme, and jingles for NBC sports, Dr. Pepper, Pepperidge Farm, Budweiser, Arm and Hammer, Juicy Juice, TD Waterhouse, Bank of NY, Canon, Burger King, Wendy's, Capital One and many others.


Jon's songs have been covered by notable musicians including Tom Chapin. Jon has received five Grammy nominations for producing Tom Chapin's family recordings.?


Montgomery Delaney - comes with an unique set of credentials. Born and raised in the South Bronx, he learned how to sing by listening to James Taylor, Leonard Cohen, Frank Sinatra, Janis Joplin, Jackson Browne and Carole King to name a few. He joined the Marine Corps at the age of eighteen and started writing songs. 400 songs ago later he has a family, gotten a law degree, and started a coffee house that presented such performers as Aztec Two Step, David Buskin, Sloane Wainright, Richard Meyer among hundreds of others. He also shared the stage with John Prine, Loudon Wainright, Peter Yarrow, Tom Chapin, Louise Taylor, David Massengill, Iris Dement, Patty Larkin, Dave Van Ronk and many others.


He has made several recordings of his music including "23809"  "Walking In The Light"  and  "Changing Shoes" and his songs have been included in several different compilations which are now part of the national archives at The Smithsonion Museum.


Kati Mac - is a seven-time nominee for the Daytime Emmy Award for best song. Kati has sung live and on recordings with such artists as Meat Loaf, Sting, Michael Bolton and Nona Hendryx. She has sung on many commercials including ones for Activia, Starburst and KFC to name a few.


She has released 5 independent CDs and her music has reached the top of the Roots Music Charts. She is an integral part of Arts on the Lake, producing the successful Summer Concert Series held in July. Her most recent CD is called Songs Of Revolution Songs Of Peace. It is a collection of iconic peace songs and songs she wrote from the Buddhist perspective of inner change as the path to outer change.  She is also a children's book author and has recently written The Secret Adventures of Scruffy MacMuffin.


Vaneese Thomas, daughter of Rufus Thomas, is an American R&B, jazz and soul blues singer, best known for her 1987 US Billboard R&B chart hit single, "Let's Talk It Over". In addition, in more recent times, she has supplied backing vocals on a long list of other musicians' work. Thomas has appeared at the Montreux Jazz Festival, and at the 36th Blues Music Awards, she was nominated in two categories; firstly for the 'Soul Blues Album' award for her 2013 album, Blues for My Father, and also as the 'Soul Blues Female Artist'.


Her songs have been recorded by Patti Austin ("A Candle", "Rain Rain Rain"),Freddie Jackson (Just Like the First Time), Bob James ("Gone Hollywood"), Larry Coryell ("This Love of Ours"),and Melba Moore (A Lot of Love). Diana Ross had a Top 10 UK hit single with the Thomas penned "One Shining Moment".




Song Circle in the News

Kati Mac's Website

Vaneese Thomas' Website

Jon Cobert's Website

Montgomery Delaney

About the Event

Jon Cobert was born in Brooklyn, NY, studied piano and theory with Ted Harris and received a degree in music theory and composition from NYU. Jon plays the piano, organ, accordion, synthesizer, guitar, bass and drums. He also sings lead and backup vocals.

Monte Delaney, A steadfast star on the Hudson Valley music scene for the past 30 years, brings one of the most unique set of insights to the singer/songwriter genre. He is a United States Marine, a former NYC Police Officer, a teacher and a coach of high school State Champions, a practicing Trial Attorney, father, grandfather and former candidate for the New York State Supreme Court, just to name a few things that this award winning songwriter has been! He brings it all to the stage with him and weaves beautiful pictures with deeply contemplated lyrics served on a bed of delicious melody.

Kati Mac has a varied career as a session singer, songwriter, and independent artist. She has sung on many commercials, writes for tv and film as well as released six independent CDs to critical acclaim. Her most recent CD is called Songs Of Revolution Songs Of Peace. It is a collection of iconic peace songs and songs she wrote from the Buddhist perspective of inner change as the path to outer change.

Vaneese Thomas was born in Memphis Tennessee and is the daughter of Rufus Thomas, whose legendary career as a musician and entertainer began in Vaudeville and spanned more than half a century in rhythm-and-blues recording and radio. Her older siblings are the hit recording artist “Memphis Queen” Carla Thomas and the highly respected keyboardist and producer, Marvell Thomas. Embracing this remarkable musical legacy, Vaneese carries forward the rich heritage of Memphis soul and R&B, a music that has touched several generations and crossed many divides. At the same time she has combined all the influences of her background and experience ­– R & B, gospel, blues, and jazz – to cultivate a soul-stirring style that’s all her own.